Nineteen years after the beginning of the Congo wars, armed conflict still affects millions in the east of the country. This essay by CRG director Jason Stearns and our senior fellow Christoph Vogel accompanies a map of armed groups, compiled by researchers across North and South Kivu, in which we catalogue over seventy groups. This is far from a static picture, and we highlight key shifts that have emerged over the past two years: a decline of regional involvement, a fragmentation of armed groups, and a modest drop in the political manipulation of armed groups.

Nov 25, 2015
Jason Stearns, Christoph Vogel
Sub-Saharan Africa

CIC Senior Fellow, Jason Stearns, qui appartient à ce groupe d’étude sur le Congo, répond aux questions de Nathalie Amar.

Nov 25, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

The recent series of dastardly and heinous attacks in places as dispersed as Baghdad, Beirut, Bamako, Kabul and Paris by myriad terrorist outfits ranging from the Taliban to Islamic State and al-Qaeda hold several important lessons for international efforts to counter terrorism.

Nov 23, 2015
WPS Sidhu

The ruling coalition of the Democratic Republic of Congo said a series of elections set to take place over the next year should be delayed by at least six months to allow the country to hold a national census.

Nov 13, 2015
Tom Wilson , Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa
Rule of Law

The third India Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) in New Delhi this week, with over 40 African heads of governments and states attending, will be the biggest foreign policy event hosted by India in more than three decades. While this process was partly in response to initiatives by other emerging powers, particularly the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation launched in 2000, it was also a belated recognition that Africa was becoming an indispensable continent for India’s future—one that New Delhi can ignore at its own detriment.

Oct 26, 2015
WPS Sidhu
India, South Asia

Indonesia is committed to becoming one of the top ten countries contributing to UN peace operations. With its Roadmap Vision 4,000 Peacekeepers, Jakarta aims to dramatically increase the 2,724 peacekeepers now deployed in ten UN missions by 2019.

Compared to 2014, this would be a doubling of troops deployed in only five years. This is a noble and ambitious goal of international good citizenship, but what will be the challenges on this journey?

Jul 07, 2015
Jim Della-Giacoma
East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
United Nations

Do peacekeepers do more harm than good? An appalling abuse scandal has come to overshadow the two parallel peace operations, led by France and the United Nations, currently based in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Read the full World Politics Review article CAR Scandal Reflects U.N. Peacekeeping’s Loss of Strategic Direction

Jun 08, 2015
Richard Gowan
Sub-Saharan Africa
United Nations

Boko Haram attacks in northern Nigeria have dominated African headlines since the Islamist militants kidnapped over 200 girls in Chibok in April 2014. But there is a lesser known group of rebels, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), who have been intimidating the local population, albeit on a different scale, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for over 20 years.

Mar 16, 2015
Alex Fielding
Sub-Saharan Africa

The riots and the failed Burundi coup that followed President Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term highlight a rising trend in Africa of protests against leaders who try to prolong their terms.

Read the full Mail and Guardian Africa article Burundi chaos shows anger against long-time Africa rulers, but Big Men are as dead set to fight back – and stay

May 15, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Deux ans après la signature de l’accord-cadre d’Addis-Abeba pour la paix et la sécurité en RDC, le coordonnateur national du mécanisme de suivi de cet accord, affirme que la RDC a réalisé la majeure partie de ses engagements.

Lit l'article entier et ecoutez au dialogue par Radio Okapi Bilan de la mise en oeuvre de l’accord-cadre d’Addis-Abeba

Mar 10, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

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